Diabetes Treatments

Best Forms Of Diabetes Treatments

Diabetes mellitus is one chronic disease that for a majority of its sufferers at least, the prospect for the future does not seem as grim as the word chronic might suggest. It is true that there is no cure for diabetes, but in the last 50 years that it has been studied and lived through, diabetes treatments are more focused on extending life expectancy despite the diseases at levels or a quality of life that is as normal as the next one.

Diabetes treatments complications

The immediate objective of current modes of diabetes treatments are efficient management and control of both the short term and long term complications arising from diabetes. In this regard, never has there been much emphasis on the role of other factors such as education and awareness, patient responsibility, patient-family cooperation, dietetic awareness and support, and exercise towards controlling a disorder when the traditional cry was for an immediate cure. Because of this, diabetes treatments have evolved into a kind of responsibility or mission, where a patient learns that how far he can go with the disease depends for the most part on his own efforts. Patients or diabetes sufferers of all ages learn to be independent, figuring out and perfecting their diets plans, exercise routines, their self glucose monitoring and insulin shots.

Types of diabetes treatments

Combined with a doctor approved combination of diet, various oral diabetic drugs for type 2 only, exercise and weight loss for type 2, increasingly not responding to oral medication for type 2 and insulin use for type 1, diabetic sufferers have seen better quality and longer life expectancies. For older patients or for those unfortunate not to have seen the symptoms until a later stage, diabetes treatments are specifically concerned with addressing heightened risks for cardiovascular disease. Part of the diabetes treatments may include needed lifestyle modifications to put a cap on high blood pressure, to quit habits such as smoking and alcohol, to exercise more as well as a possible indefinite regimen of maintenance drugs.

Still, despite the soundness espoused by diabetes treatments focused more on disease management, research continues for some kind of definitive cure. In finding diabetes treatments for type 1, scientific focus is on targeting the pancreas or the beta cells. Some sufferers who had undergone a kidney-pancreas transplant have suddenly become independent from insulin, yet the price of that freedom has its price; they have to remain on a life-long regimen of immunosuppressive drugs to prevent their bodies from rejecting their new kidney and this has its complications and side-effects as well.

Some diabetes treatments focused on animal-trial experiments where transplants of beta cells considered “exogenous” have been carried out but from all accounts, this has been proven to be impractical in regular clinical practice. As is with all transplants, there is still the burden of long-standing immunosuppressive drugs and no guarantee that the drugs would prevent the body from attacking the new organs in the future.

There is some hope however for curing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 sufferers who got their disorder from obesity can opt for radical gastric bypass surgery which now boasts of an 80-100% cure rate for those who elect to have the operation. Statistics show that after gastric bypass surgery for obesity, the death rate from all causes is reduced significantly by up to 40%.